A woman reported a man stalking her on a local hiking trail

MILCRAKE, Utah – A Utah woman shares a word of caution after having a terrifying experience while walking Sunday morning.

FOX 13 News spoke to this woman anonymously because she fears for her safety.

The woman and her dog were heading to a driveway in Millcreek Canyon around 7 a.m. Sunday when a man approached her and asked to pet her dog and have the dog’s name read on his tag.

This escalated until the woman followed.

“It kind of disappeared off the track, and that’s when I felt something in my stomach and it just felt really weird,” she said.

So, she turned and started walking.

“There was someone in the bush,” said the woman. “At that time I didn’t know who it was, and then they started whistling, saying my dog’s name, trying to get him to go to the other side of the creek.”

She says the man kept calling her dog, even though she asked him to stop. Then he climbed up behind her, put her dog back on the leash and ran to her car in a panic.

“I think that’s the scariest part—my dog ​​is everything to me, so if he was going to follow him, then I would have followed him too,” Park said.

“Ask him, first of all, knowing her dog’s name, trying to call her dog, trying to get her to come to a certain place, is scary,” said Sgt. Melody Cutler of Police Uniform. , ‘Why?'”

Cutler says the woman did the right thing in a situation that isn’t rare.

The sergeant said, “The unfortunate thing is that we have had some accidents in our valleys, because they are isolated… It is an opportunity for predatory people to take advantage of the victim.” Cutler.

It’s a story that resonated with women on social media after the park shared their experience.

“I’ve had a lot of comments, people say they’ve had similar experiences, mostly female, some of them saying they open now while hiking because they don’t feel safe hiking,” the woman said.

“Hearing stories like this makes me nervous when I go out here a lot if I’m honest,” said Parker Bleu, a mother of twins who frequents the Valley.

FOX 13 News asked area hikers how to stay safe while hiking. Bleu said she usually doesn’t hike alone, but if she did, she would consider going somewhere familiar and populated.

“I would love to come to a place that I know there will be a lot of people around,” she said.

“At the end of the day, the truth is, there’s safety in numbers,” said Sgt. Cutler. “So this is an ideal situation: if you can get someone to go with you.”

And if you go alone, bring something you feel comfortable with for personal protection, like a mace.

Whatever it is, said the sergeant, you have to be comfortable using it, or else it becomes a tool to be used against you. Cutler.

This wanderer filed a police report.

She says she hasn’t come back to that area yet to hike and doesn’t want to hike alone anymore.